Based on all the feedback I got on various previous threads, I think I have narrowed down my choices-there are pros and cons to each. I know there are many other advice threads but would like some thoughts based on my situation Sorry to be so long-winded but was advised to give details of my situation to be most helpful. So thank you in advance if you can help me. My entire house is 1340 sq. ft. but that includes two BR and bathrooms that are around the corner of the airflow from the stove location. THe rest of the house is about 900. The stove is at the other end of the house in area that is 480 sq. ft. This is essentially an open area with with some partial walls that separate it into rooms, air circulation-wise, and also has varying heights of cathedral ceiling from 9 1/2 to 20 feet. The stove is located in a 12 by 12 living area. However, with a big L shaped sectional couch the actual walking area is 8 x 8 and that INCLUDES the stove. This is the area that gets the most immediate heat from the stove. There is an eating area that is next to this and a kitchen that gets less immediate heat because is it separated from the living area by cabinets. The stove has a half wall behind it and below that about 6 steps is an entrance vestibule (that is where the 20 ft ceiling is). In front of the stove beyond the living area is a long narrow DR that is about 200 sq. feet and beyond that in direct line is a BR that is 120 sq. ft. In order to get heat to the DR and BR, need to do some major blowing. I am having a ceiling fan being installed in the living area between the stove and the DR --it will be hanging. After much looking around I have sort of settled on the Jotul 400 Castine or the Alderia T4 or T5. Here is why. 1. I have gone to 8 dealers and I am now beginning to get a sense of which ones I like and don't like. Some try to push one product. Some treat me like I am stupid, and a couple were nixed by my chimney sweep. etc. I found three dealers that my instinct tells me are honest and reliable (and two of them know each other--family run). 2. I would like to NOT have a hearth pad (unless I could get one that is almost flat). I do not have one now, and the minimum hearth pad of 4 x 4 would seriously cut into the walking space of my living room. The stove is next to the stairs that comes up from the entrance and you have to walk past the stove to get to the living room. This is where I spend a lot of time. 2. I was hoping for a catalytic stove but I have to make a choice between catalytic and no hearth pad and no hearth pad wins Also It is pretty much impossible to find a dealer in my are that will serve my town and has on display Buck, Napolean, or Blaze King or for that matter Lopi--all popular brands on this forum 3. I am hoping for a stove that will leave the house warm in the morning and which I can relight in the 40 minutes I have between waking up and heading out for work and that will also do the same when I come back (but sometimes that can be 10 hours). On the other hand, I don't want the living area to be sweltering. I also have periods of time when the weather is mild but still colder inside than outside so I would like SOME heat. So I narrowed it down to Jotul Castine 400 and Alderlea T4 and T5. HEre are the pros and cons 1. the T4 and T5 --I am attracted by the combination steel and cast iron and by the fact that you can cook on it and also has been highly recommended on this forum and by two of the dealers I like--sounds like extremely high qualitiy and good company backing. The draw backs: I am afraid the T5 will be overkill and will swelter me. The T5 is also 25" deep'', 28 with the front lip. My current stove is 16", 18 with the front lip, but I love that you can load it N-S which is more like my current stove which side loads.The T4 seems more appropriate for size and heat but the T4 has such a small door for the wood and the box is not much bigger than the one I have. You can fit 18" but the opening is only 14 or 15". 2. The Jotul Castine 400--has a fabulously wide door for loading, is fairly narrow front to back in terms of room space, has been pretty highly recommended and is kind of in between the T4 and T5 in terms of firebox size and heating capacity. However, of course, does not have the advantage of the steel in terms of cooking. Also, it seems to me that the baffle of the Alderlea is superior to other stoves with those tubes. So some bits of advice really needed. Will the T5 be too much for my space given that it is not that large and somewhat broken up? Is there another steel stove I should consider that might have something between the T4 and T5 in terms of heat and door opening but would not sacrifice quality. Other stoves on display near me are Enerzone, Harmon, Avalon, Regency, Enviro, Hampton (not sure those are all steel) What do you think about cast iron Jotul vs. steel and the variation in quality of tubes for secondary burn? Have I overlooked any options?